Petitions were filed against Mayor Ed Mahaney by a losing city council candidate in the November election, Charles Hendricks. Hendricks had filed ethics complaints against Mahaney in 2012 over a contract to Temple University. Hendricks has worked on a number of other anti-mayor actions, though this recall seems to be focused on a demotion of the police chief to captain.
Petitioners need 481 signatures (25% of registereds) in 160 days). The city had two successful recalls in 1990.